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States that cancelled college exams ‘revisit’ move after UGC order, Maharashtra holds ground

UGC Monday received clearance from home ministry to mandatorily conduct final-year college and university exams, an order that at once triggered a controversy.
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StudentsLivesMatter trends as students outrage at UGC decision to hold final exams amid Covid

Students and parents have severely criticised UGC’s decision, saying the commission is ‘playing with students’ lives’. They have demanded cancellation of the final-year exams.
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MHA allows colleges to hold final-year exams, UGC wants exams to be wrapped up by September

MHA order says the final exams are to be compulsorily conducted according to UGC guidelines. UGC said it is upto colleges to decide how they want to conduct the exams.
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Colleges could drop plan to conduct offline exams in July as Covid cases rise

UGC has approached its expert committee, asking it to rethink the idea of holding exams in July and come up with an alternative solution.
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Study shows how India’s higher education enrollment can jump to 65% from 27%

Study says India should adopt Eligibility Enrollment Ratio instead of Gross Enrollment Ratio, stressing that the former is ‘more realistic projection of college enrollment numbers’.

Health ministry staff face flak for research paper claiming Covid will end in India by Sept 

The paper has been authored by Anil Kumar and Rupali Roy, both staff of the ministry’s DGHS, who published it in a journal flagged as a predatory one by the UGC.  
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Modi govt wants colleges, universities to help study AYUSH practices for Covid-19

A UGC circular has instructed all colleges and universities to get their faculty and students to download the ‘Ayush Sanjivani’ app.
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Students can now study engineering and economics together as UGC approves dual degrees

The UGC has approved simultaneous dual degrees for students but one has to be through the regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning. 
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These are the rules UGC panel wants colleges to follow when they re-open

In a report to the UGC, the expert panel has suggested that colleges should develop a foolproof plan and follow social distancing norms after they re-open to curb spread of Covid-19.
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UGC likely to give universities freedom to decide exam plan, but there may be no winter break

UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said guidelines for universities and colleges will soon be issued but everything will depend on the local Covid-19 situation.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.